Author Ann Rule

Everett Jane Doe

Jane Doe was disovered by blackberry pickers in Everett, Washington, in August of 1977 five days after her death.  She had been strangled and shot.  Her killer, David Roth, told friends he had committed the murder and they reported him to police.

According to David Roth, he had met the girl when she was hitchhiking near Silver Lake.  When she refused his advances, he strangled and shot her.  Roth was 20 at the time of the homicide.  He was released from prison in 2005 after serving 25 years.  He did not know his victim's name and offered no clues to her identity.

Jane Doe is believed to be between 15 and 21 years old but most likely between 16 and 19.  She is white, 5'10" and 155 lbs.  Two of the victim's front teeth had had extensive dental restoration, suggesting she had once been in an accident. She wore her brown hair short and there were no traces of hair dye.  She was clothed in cut off jeans, a tank top and blue tennis shoes.   She had a partial pack of Marlboro cigarettes in her pocket and 17 cents.

The drawing shown here is an artist's depiction of what she may have looked like.   The photographs below show the actual items of clothing Jane Doe was wearing.  

(For more details, look for case # 08SNO977 on the NamUS website.) 

If you have any information about this case, contact the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office at (425) 388-3845.  (You may remain anonymous.)


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